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U-965

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down4 May 1942 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (werk 165)
Launched14 Jan 1943
Commissioned25 Feb 1943Oblt. Klaus Ohling
Commanders
25 Feb 1943 - 6 Jun 1944  Kptlt. Klaus Ohling
7 Jun 1944 - 30 Mar 1945  Oblt. Günter Unverzagt
Career
7 patrols
25 Feb 1943-31 Dec 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1944-30 Sep 1944  11. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-30 Mar 1945  13. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged
Fate

Sunk 30 March, 1945 north of Scotland, in position 58.19N, 05.31W by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Rupert and HMS Conn. 51 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, December 1991).

Loss position

View the 7 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk by the British frigate HMS Conn on 27 March, 1945 in position 58.34N, 05.46W. (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack probably sank the U-905 instead.

Wolfpack operations

U-965 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Isegrim (5 Jan 1944 - 27 Jan 1944)
   Werwolf (27 Jan 1944 - 2 Feb 1944)
   Trutz (23 Jun 1944 - 10 Jul 1944)
   Schwefel (22 Sep 1944 - 23 Sep 1944)
   Zorn (28 Sep 1944 - 1 Oct 1944)
   Grimm (1 Oct 1944 - 2 Oct 1944)
   Panther (16 Oct 1944 - 22 Oct 1944)
   Panther (24 Oct 1944 - 10 Nov 1944)
   Stier (25 Nov 1944 - 19 Dec 1944)

Attacks on this boat and other events

17 May 1944
U-965 was forced to return to base from the Arctic Ocean by serious technical problems. Four hours later the boat encountered an enemy submarine, which fired a torpedo fan at U-965, all of which missed.

20 Jul 1944
13.05 hrs, Norwegian Sea: a British Liberator bomber (RAF Sqdn 59/N, pilot FO D.A. Willows) on A/S patrol attacked after locating U-965 on radar. The Liberator passed two miles astern to take up a favourable attack position on the starboard beam. As it approached, the 37mm AA gun jammed on firing the first round and both men manning the 20mm twin gun on the port side were hit by machine gun fire [Matrosenhauptgefreiter Willibald Niederle died and Bootsmaat Lütjen was wounded]. Luckily for the U-boat, the depth charges failed to release when the Liberator passed over her stern because the lock-select lever was not fully engaged. U-965 then escaped by diving, and seven depth charges were dropped about 40 seconds afterwards. Two small streaks of oil, an oval life raft and two pieces of wood were sighted by the crew of the Liberator when it returned to the scene approx. 90 minutes later, but the U-boat was undamaged, and remained submerged until the aircraft departed. Mhg Niederle was buried at sea at 22.05 hrs. (Sources: ADM 199/1786)

22 Aug 1944
The boat was attacked by two RAF Martlet aircraft (modified Grumman Wildcat). Three men were killed and eight wounded. [Bootsmaat Kurt Pesch, Matrosengefreiter Heinz Schade, Maschinengefreiter Thiel]

3 recorded attacks on this boat.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus and sailed equipped with it in February 1945 but it was of course installed prior to that date. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

6 Feb 1944
The IWO fell overboard and drowned. [Leutnant zur See Gustav-Günther Schoop]

20 Jul 1944
13.05 hrs, Norwegian Sea: a British Liberator bomber (RAF Sqdn 59/N, pilot FO D.A. Willows) on A/S patrol attacked after locating U-965 on radar. The Liberator passed two miles astern to take up a favourable attack position on the starboard beam. As it approached, the 37mm AA gun jammed on firing the first round and both men manning the 20mm twin gun on the port side were hit by machine gun fire [Matrosenhauptgefreiter Willibald Niederle died and Bootsmaat Lütjen was wounded]. Luckily for the U-boat, the depth charges failed to release when the Liberator passed over her stern because the lock-select lever was not fully engaged. U-965 then escaped by diving, and seven depth charges were dropped about 40 seconds afterwards. Two small streaks of oil, an oval life raft and two pieces of wood were sighted by the crew of the Liberator when it returned to the scene approx. 90 minutes later, but the U-boat was undamaged, and remained submerged until the aircraft departed. Mhg Niederle was buried at sea at 22.05 hrs.

22 Aug 1944
The boat was attacked by two RAF Martlet aircraft (modified Grumman Wildcat). Three men were killed and eight wounded. [Bootsmaat Kurt Pesch, Matrosengefreiter Heinz Schade, Maschinengefreiter Thiel]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


13 Flotilla

Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel